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The Man Who Cheated Himself

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Genres: Crime, Drama, Film Noir
Starring: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall, Lisa Howard, Harlan Warde, Tito Vuolo
Director: Felix E. Feist
Plot Synopsis:

 Flicker Alley, the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive are proud to present film noir standout The Man Who Cheated Himself in a brand-new Blu-ray/DVD dual-format edition. The brilliant 4K restoration work, bringing to life the location photography of this cop-gone-bad thriller, and in-depth supplementary materials mark this release as the prime suspect to pursue. 

Blinded by love, homicide lieutenant Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb, fresh off originating the role of Willy Loman on Broadway in Death of a Salesman) goes to great lengths to cover up a murder. His coquettish girlfriend Lois (Jane Wyatt, best known as the mother in Father Knows Best) has killed her scheming husband before he could bump her off. John Dall (Gun Crazy) co-stars as Ed's kid brother Andy, a rookie on the force who is determined to break his first big case. These accomplished actors are nearly eclipsed by the incandescent star power of San Francisco and especially the world's most photographed bridge, the Golden Gate. 

In the hard-boiled film noir tradition, reminiscent of the work of James L. Cain, greed, unstoppable sexual attraction, and betrayal set off a doomed course in which a femme fatale leads a once upstanding citizen down a dark path. The first independent production of Phoenix Films, the company run by Jack M. Warner, son of Warner Bros. Studios mogul Jack L., and a highlight in the lengthy career of director Felix E. Feist (Deluge), The Man Who Cheated Himself does not cheat on thrills.

Turner Classic Movies will present the restoration's broadcast debut on Saturday, June 23, at midnight (EST), followed by a repeat airing on Sunday, June 24, at 10 a.m. The film will later also be available on streaming platforms, including Amazon.

Flicker Alley is excited to present this world-premiere Blu-ray/DVD dual-format edition of The Man Who Cheated Himself, restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive, with support from the Film Noir Foundation and special thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust). This is the third collaboration between Flicker Alley and the Film Noir Foundation, following the deluxe 2016 home video releases of Too Late for Tears and Woman on the Run-two previously lost highlights of the genre saved from oblivion.

  • Technical Specs
    Length:82 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray/DVD, BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION of the film
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:TBA
    Subtitles/Captions:TBA
    Special Features:"The Man Who Cheated Himself Revisited": Produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation, this mini-documentary offers a behind-the-scenes examination of the film's original production."The Man Who Cheated Himself Locations Then and Now": City Sleuth (aka Brian Hollins) leads a virtual tour around San Francisco hunting down the many locations used during the production of The Man Who Cheated Himself.Restored Theatrical Trailer: Brand-new restoration of the original theatrical trailerSouvenir Booklet: Featuring rare photographs, poster art, original lobby cards, and an essay by the "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller.